Apple or Android: which is best for you as an entrepreneur?
It's the eternal discussion at birthdays and parties in the 21st century: are you team Android or are you team Apple? Apple iOS users are often called fanboys or fanatics, while Google Android users are portrayed as people who want a front row seat for a dime. However, a lot of preconceptions about both operating systems have become obsolete or simply not true over the years. This does not make it easier for (starting) entrepreneurs to make a well-considered choice when business mobile telephony needs to be arranged. Switching from iOS to Android or vice versa at a later stage is not easy, after all. So what's best to take? We have three practical selection tips for you.
Tip 1: Forget the prejudice about price
Apple is expensive and Android is cheap, right? Not completely true. The most expensive smartphones of the moment are the foldable models from Samsung, for example. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, for example, is sold for more than 1,100 euros. And not everything from Apple is automatically very expensive: affordable iPhones like the iPhone SE are really no more expensive than Android devices with comparable specs and cost less than 500 euros. Yes, there are more different Android devices available than iPhones, so the spread in costs is also a bit larger, but an iPhone is not necessarily expensive.
Many entrepreneurs choose Android purely on the basis of their prejudice about the supposedly high price tag that sticks to iPhones. Don't fall into that trap. Look at the content of the devices and the systems. iPhones also come in all shapes and sizes, and price categories.
Tip 2: Determine the expectations of your device(s)
Are you only going to buy something for yourself, or do you have to arrange equipment for dozens of employees? Are there certain business apps you want to use? Do you perhaps want to develop or have your own apps developed, now or in the future?
These are all things to consider before you make any decisions. Growing companies, for example, often want to develop their own apps for internal use in the long run. Via Apple that is a much more complicated matter than via Android. Knowing this in advance can save you a lot of headaches in the long run.
Do you want to arrange telephones for your entire company, consisting of several, or even dozens, employees? Let them think too. If 80% of your employees prefer iOS, you'd do well not to arrive with a box full of Samsungs.
Tip 3: Freedom of choice or privacy?
Both? Unfortunately, in smartphone land you can't eat both ways. Yes, of course you also have some freedom of choice on an iPhone and Google also considers privacy legislation (in its own words) of paramount importance. But these are just two prejudices that are correct: on Android devices you have more freedom of choice, but iPhones are safer and deal better with your privacy.
That's it: Android is a open operating system which various manufacturers work with and for which anyone can and can write software. This promotes innovation and freedom of choice, but also ensures that there is a lot of malware, for example. So you have to be careful what you install on an Android device. You can't make that mistake on an iPhone: Apple controls everything and you can only use software from Apple's App Store. This does have a downside: the choice is not exactly huge.
When it comes to privacy, Google is simply a company that makes money from advertisements, search engine results and other user data. Privacy and Google's business will always be at odds with each other. Take your Android, then be aware that you are handing over your data to Google. You can control the extent to which this happens limit, but it never becomes 0.
The best choice for you?
Apple iOS or Google Android, what will it be? Everyone has to make that choice for themselves. There are hundreds of blogs out there with all kinds of excellent arguments as to why one system is better than another. The truth is that legions of Android users are extremely happy with their Android phones, and legions of iOS users are extremely happy with their iPhones. Think of it as the pizza Hawaii of the digital world: preferences just differ.